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Autocar March 27, 2019

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The original car magazine, published since 1895 ‘in the interests of the mechanically propelled road carriage’ EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Damien Smith Editor-at-large Matt Prior Deputy editor James Attwood Deputy editor – digital Rachel Burgess Deputy digital editor Tom Morgan Road test editor Matt Saunders Road testers Simon Davis, Richard Lane News editor Lawrence Allan Junior reporter Felix Page Used cars deputy editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Sami Shah Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Head of video Mitch McCabe Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice Tej Bhola SEO manager Jon Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS European editor Greg Kable Used car correspondent James Ruppert Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel Contributing writer Dan Prosser Senior contributing editor Richard Bremner Contributing editor Mike Duff Senior consulting editor Tom…

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why we’ll be seeing more mergers and acquisitions from car firms

“IF WE FIND areas where partners and co-operations make sense to give better cars to customers and returns to shareholders, I’m very open.” So says Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Mike Manley on the topic of mergers. “If the opportunity comes, we will consider it,” says PSA Group chief Carlos Tavares on the same subject. And with Robert Peugeot, chairman of PSA’s holding company, saying that it would support a merger or acquisition with FCA, is such a deal a question of when not if? Read what Tavares, surely the industry’s most successful leader of the past few years, says about the challenges facing the European car business (p22), and such super-mergers seem inevitable. The investments needed to create cars that meet upcoming emissions legislation are so vast. A PSA-FCA merger would give the former…

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fiery 400bhp r plus in line to be flagship for new golf

“It’s likely to incorporate a drift mode similar to that in the new Mercedes-AMG A45” Volkswagen’s R performance division has reignited a development programme on a “close to 400bhp” Golf R Plus model as a range-topping rival to the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3. The four-wheel-drive machine would sit above the planned Golf R version in the line-up of the eighth-generation model. Under its skin, it would rely on hardware and technology from the seventh-generation Golf R400 concept shown in 2014 and the Golf TCR race car developed by Volkswagen Motorsport. The secret model is being developed alongside the standard version of the new Golf R at VW’s R&D headquarters in Braunschweig, Germany. VW insiders have claimed it will be the “most extreme and powerful Golf yet”. As an indicator of its potential performance,…

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volkswagen’s hottest golfs

Golf R (2017) The outgoing Golf R was billed as the ‘ultimate Golf’, with four-wheel drive, upgraded suspension, a lower ride height and a 306bhp version of VW’s EA888 powerplant. An optional Performance pack included further tweaks to reduce weight and increase downforce. Golf R400 concept (2014) The ‘mega-hatch’ concept that inspired the R Plus was unveiled in 2014 with a 395bhp version of the EA888 engine taken from the Audi TT. It also had four-wheel drive and weighed 1420kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 278bhp per tonne. Golf W12-650 prototype (2007) This one-off used the 6.0-litre W12 engine from the Phaeton, mid-mounted in place of the rear seats and driving through a six-speed automatic gearbox. It produced 641bhp and gave a 0-62mph time of 3.7sec and a 202mph top speed.…

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cayenne coupé guns for x6

The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé, a rakishly restyled version of the brand’s largest SUV, will take direct aim at the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Key styling changes over the ‘regular’ Cayenne include the adoption of a shallower windscreen and a more heavily curved roofline that extends back to form an integral part of a large liftback-style tailgate. Redesigned rear doors and wider bumpers also bring an additional 18mm in width, while the rear numberplate has been repositioned into the bumper. As with the Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupé has an active rear spoiler. It works in combination with a roof spoiler, extending by 135mm at speeds above 56mph to provide additional downforce. “The Coupé includes all the technical highlights of the current, third-generation Cayenne but has a design that is more progressive, athletic and…

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oliver blume, ceo, porsche

Why make the Cayenne Coupé now? “The inspiration comes from the 911. By cleverly creating derivatives, we have shown how you can keep interest up in a car.” Are there other derivatives to come, then? “We can go further, yes. We have some ideas in an even more sporty direction, for instance.” Would you consider a three-door coupé? “No, that’s not in the plan.” You’ll launch an electric Macan in 2021, alongside a petrol model. How long will that continue? “For at least two years. At that point, we can decide whether to upgrade the combustion engines to the new Euro 7 [emissions] standard or go full electric.” How many deposits for the Porsche Taycan do you have now? “Around 20,000 have paid. Production was set at 20,000 cars a year. We may have to raise that.” When will you…